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Johnny Sauter Ties Personal Season Record with Fourth Victory of 2018

The first stage was Stewart Friesen‘s, the second stage was Grant Enfinger‘s, but in the end, no one could stop Johnny Sauter who absolutely dominated the final stage, but had to hold on at the end to outlast Friesen.

Sauter’s fuel was beginning to run low and Friesen was beginning to trim Sauter’s lead. Those two elements threatened to take away Sauter’s chance at victory.

Friesen made moves on the No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet Silverado as the checkers flew but it was too little too late as Sauter secured his fourth victory of the season, tying the most victories he’s earned in a single season.

Friesen finished second, tying his career-best finish he earned at Eldora last season. Justin Haley finished third,  Enfinger in fourth and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

Results from the PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway

Todd Gilliland, making his first Texas Motor Speedway start, led a race-high 62 laps as he earned his season-best sixth-place finish. Much like drivers in the past, Todd Gilliland received his high school diploma during driver introductions from track president Eddie Gossage.

After starting on the pole and having to rebound from falling back, Friesen won the first stage. A caution involving Bo LeMastus and Myatt Snider set up a one-lap shootout. Enfinger took the lead during the shootout and held off Friesen to earn his first stage victory of 2018.

With his fourth victory of 2018, Sauter holds a 77-point lead over second place Noah Gragson. Brett Moffitt sits third, Enfinger fourth and Crafton fifth.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Iowa Speedway next weekend for the M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store. The race will air live Saturday, June 16th on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET.

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About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Fronstretch in 2019 in a little different form. After a year and a half of being a news writer, Koelle will contribute ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards content and photography in multiple different series over the course of the season. His favorite tracks include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. He's looking to attend tracks he's never attended before this season including Auto Club Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (the only announced tracks currently). He's an avid fan of Iowa State Cyclones football, Atlanta Braves baseball, and Monster Energy Supercross.

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